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Half a million dollars seized at B&M International Bridge

Nearly half a million dollars in cash was seized at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge last week. (Photo Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Nearly half a million dollars was seized at the Brownsville & Matamoros International Bridge last week, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

CBP officers say $644,285 in cash was found hidden inside a vehicle crossing the bridge on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The driver, a 42-year-old Brownsville man, and the passenger, a 40-year-old Brownsville man, were arrested and turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents.

Officers say they found the cash after the vehicle was selected for a “routine outbound inspection.”

Two days later, officers at the bridge say they arrested a 41-year-old Mexican citizen after he attempted to smuggle 2.23 pounds of cocaine under his clothing. The cocaine is estimated to have a street value of $17,170.

The man was arrested and turned over to HSI agents for further investigation.

Brownsville Port Director Tater Ortiz released the following statement in the news release:

“Our CBP officers did an outstanding job in taking down this significant load of bulk currency and a body-carried load of cocaine in back-to-back seizures. Their vigilance and experience were key factors in their successful interceptions.”
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